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  •  don't know where you work (2+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos, sethtriggs

    but the smaller the market the more humble they are.

    also, producer are the real engine of tv news, not reporters. reporters just do what they're told.

    •  Local News 'Talking Points?' (1+ / 0-)
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      a2nite
      ...producers are the real engine of TV news, not reporters. Reporters just do what they're told.
      So then, where do these producers get these local news "talking points" that all the anchors repeated so identically?

      Do local TV news shows have some equivalent to Frank Luntz, who supplies these scripts? /ss (semi-snark!)

      "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

      by paz3 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 11:13:25 AM PDT

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      •  you're closer than you think (0+ / 0-)

        Producers are provided with the AP wire. Sometimes they get Reuters, but it's very rare to get both.

        Most stations also get video/script feeds from CNN and their national affiliate (NBC/ABC/FOX etc.) So when I worked at the NBC affiliate in Reno I had the AP wire, the CNN video and script wires and the NBC script and video wires.

        This is where they get the majority of their national/international information from. Because writing an entire show takes time, most producers don't have the ability to completely rewrite the scripts provided by the AP or CNN or NBC. That's how you end up with 20 stations saying almost the exact same thing with the same video. They aren't talking points, no one is required to use the scripts or language, but when you have 1000 things to do, and only time for 500 tasks, most choose to use the AP scripts rather than rewrite them completely every time.

        Local information sometimes comes from the AP/Reuters wire as well. But most of that comes from phone calls, press releases, old fashioned reporting.

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